Become a Foster Parent
To foster or adopt a child you must be at least 21 years of age and financially
stable. Prospective parents can be single or married, living with a partner, renter
or homeowner. All foster and adoptive parents are required to go through Child and
Family Services’ certification and training program. This involves the following:
All foster and adoptive parents are required to undergo a certification process.
What does this involve?
- 10-week MAPP/GPS training program
- Medical Clearances
- Financial Clearances
- Home Study
- In-Depth Review of the perspective parent’s childhood and family history
- Several personal reference letters
- Background Checks – complete criminal history review, including local police clearances
and a clearance through the State Central Registry for child abuse and neglect
Stipends: Foster and adoptive parents are eligible to receive a monthly stipend,
funded through the county of the child’s origin. A foster child’s medical expenses
are covered as well. Additional reimbursements may be provided for certain travel.